SONS OF LIBERTY - BRUSH-FIRES OF THE MIND
Metal To Infinity
Earth have been for a very long time my favorite band. Next to Helstar they were
the brand for what US Power Metal is really all about and I especially consider
“Burnt Offerings” as one of the highlights in this genre. I’ve read once
that Jon Schaffer wasn’t that enthusiast about that specific release,
especially because of the production. He should be proud on it, it’s after all
these years still their strongest release to me. The dark atmosphere and the
intensity in which this album was written is from a seldom heard quality level.
“Dante’s Inferno” is even, after some decades in Metal, one of my favorite
Earth became more successful but I took slowly more distance from the band. The
darkness disappeared and the band searched too much, in my opinion, for the
perfect clean production, melody and patriotism. Even the return of Matt Barlow
couldn’t stop my bad feelings about Iced Earth. What I want is dark powerful
technical Power Metal but I could not find it back anymore, yet I kept on
purchasing everything from the band.
In my point of view Jon Schaffer should have kept his ideas for a
Schaffer must have read my mind because he started a new project, Sons Of
Sons of Liberty, was historical seen, a political group made of American
Patriots that originated in the pre-independence North American British colonies.
Schaffer is patriotic, especially on the last Iced Earth records he proved his
devotion to the US.
who is without any doubts an ultra intelligent man, fantastic songwriter and
first class guitarist, gave Sons Of Liberty his own clear ideas. It seems the
man is shocked because of what politics is really all about and gives his own
critical ideas about it on this record. I agree with him when he says this is a
global problem. Not only the USA but the entire world is responsible and people
deserve indeed liberty and free humanity. I advise you to give extra attention
to the lyrics here! Music is anyway a good way to spread opinions, beliefs and
words. Schaffer is a strong believer and therefore we must honor him for what he
did right here, therefore we should help him out spreading his words. That’s
the main reason why I wrote this review, although we never received a promo from
this one. This review is meant to support Jon Schaffer in spreading his words,
the man deserves it for all he did to the Metal community. Anyway this music is
at some points more Rock-oriented and therefore meant for a wider audience,
making it easier to spread the personal thoughts…
I’m a reviewer of Metal CD’s and to me this is still the main issue. It’s
obvious Schaffer is the mastermind behind this project, even without his name on
the beautiful booklet I would have discovered it. Schaffer has his own identity
in the Metal scčne and his typical way of
performing riffs, arrangements and songs can be found back on this album!
Only Schaffer can write and perform this way! Iced Earth fans (especially from
the newer generation) and those who adore the Demons& Wizards releases
shouldn’t doubt purchasing this one. No chance you’ll be disappointed!
strength of this record is that samples and speeches are weaved in and between
all songs, giving extra power to the messages and lyrics. They make the
connection between the listener and the music stronger. Schaffer have chosen to
mix Heavy and Powerful songs with softer elements that became another brand for
his way of song writing. Schaffer didn’t experiment with this one, he didn’t
search for new boundaries and played the game ‘safely’. Anyway I’m totally
into tracks like “Jekyll Island”, the mighty “Don’t Tread On Me” (pure
Iced Earth!), “False Flag” and the superb “Tree Of Liberty”.
They’re good songs and contains a lot what modern US Power Metal is all about.
Add fast fingered and exciting played guitar solos and beware that Schaffer is a
very good singer, I wasn’t aware of his vocal capabilities!
is another strong release this year and “Brush-Fires Of The Mind” might end
in my year list. Therefore I’ve discovered enough strong points. I can only
hope that Iced Earth goes back to its roots, delivering evil and sinister
technical US Power Metal with sharp riffs, screaming guitars and high pitched
vocals. I suppose it will be a matter of “wait and see”. This is anyway a
strong release ! Check this one out at http://www.sons-of-liberty.net
My Points: 88 / 100 (Review by Officer Nice)
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